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1. Christ Community Health Services Awarded $3.6 Million Grant -

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $3.6 million grant to Christ Community Health Services Inc.

2. Events -

Leadership Memphis will host its 2015 Leadership Awards Luncheon Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Awardees Pat Halloran, Brian Stephens and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will be honored for empowering the community and making a positive impact in the Mid-South. Tickets are $50. Visit leadershipmemphis.org.

3. Events -

South Main Trolley Night will be held Friday, Feb. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit gosouthmain.com/trolley-night.html for details.

4. Christ Community Health Services Co-Founders Return -

Dr. Rick Donlon once explained the motivation for co-founding Christ Community Health Services in 1995 this way:

“It may sound odd, but it’s a way to make God big and great,” Donlon told The Daily News in 2010. “We plop down in one of these underserved neighborhoods, we open the door, and we see everyone who comes in.”

5. Medtronic Spinal Employees Volunteer 4,800 Hours -

Nearly 1,100 of Medtronic Spinal’s Memphis-based employees volunteered at Mid-South nonprofit organizations in 2014. The 1,089 local volunteers contributed more than 4,789 charitable hours, an increase of nearly 14 percent over 2013.

6. Medtronic Spinal Employees Volunteer 4,800 Hours -

Nearly 1,100 of Medtronic Spinal’s Memphis-based employees volunteered at Mid-South nonprofit organizations in 2014. The 1,089 local volunteers contributed almost 4,800 charitable hours, an increase of nearly 14 percent over 2013.

7. Haslam Stumps for Insure Tennessee -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is stumping for his Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion proposal with a stop in Frayser Wednesday, Jan. 21, ahead of the Feb. 2 special legislative session on the proposal.

8. Memphis Health Facility Gets More Than $1.5M -

A health care facility in Memphis is getting more than $1.5 million in federal funds to help train more primary care doctors and increase access to health care services.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced the award to Christ Community Health Services last week.

9. Memphis Health Care Facility Gets More Than $1.5 Million -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A health care facility in Memphis is getting more than $1.5 million in federal funds to help train more primary care doctors and increase access to health care services.

10. Nashville School News Briefs -

Montgomery Bell Student, Faculty Films Air

Films and videos by Montgomery Bell Academy students and one faculty member will be featured Oct. 23 on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts TV channel’s Artober celebration.

11. Roberson Named CEO of Christ Community Health -

Ed Roberson is officially the new CEO of Christ Community Health Services after serving as interim CEO for several months.

Roberson, a former chairman of the board at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, stepped in as interim CEO at Christ Community when Dr. Rick Donlon stepped down. Donlon is a Christ Community co-founder.

12. Roberson Named CEO Of Christ Community Health Services -

Ed Roberson is officially the new CEO of Christ Community Health Services after serving as interim CEO for several months.

Roberson, a former chairman of the board at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, stepped in as interim CEO at Christ Community when Dr. Rick Donlon stepped down. Donlon is a Christ Community co-founder.

13. Roberson Named CEO of Christ Community Health Services -

Ed Roberson is officially the new CEO of Christ Community Health Services after serving as interim CEO for several months.

Roberson, a former chairman of the board at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, stepped in as interim CEO at Christ Community when Dr. Rick Donlon stepped down. Donlon is a Christ Community co-founder.

14. Springing to Life -

When Ridgeland, Miss.-based development firm the Bryan Co. broke ground on The Horizon condominium tower in 2007, it was at the peak of the housing bubble and optimism from elected officials and Downtown boosters was equally high.

15. Early Diagnosis -

Of the approximately 7 million people in the United States that have scoliosis (curvature of the spine), most of them are teenagers and children.

Years ago, scoliosis screenings in the public schools were the norm. Today, less than 50 percent of the states require the screenings. This despite the fact that the Adam’s Forward Bend test – the initial screening for scoliosis – can be done in less than 30 seconds.

16. Clash of Contenders -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says his political plans last year didn’t include running for county mayor in 2014.

He was on U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s short list of recommendations for an open federal judgeship, a White House appointment he said he knew he might not get “the first time.”

17. Commission Votes Down Family-Planning Rebid -

Shelby County commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally funded family-planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

Some commissioners branded Commissioner Steve Mulroy’s effort to urge County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration to rebid the contract as a political effort. Mulroy is taking criticism from former Commissioner Deidre Malone in the three-way Democratic primary race for county mayor for his vote in favor of the contract in 2011.

18. Commission Votes Down Family Planning Services Rebid Resolution -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally-funded family planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

And the commission rejected an August referendum item on eliminating any residency requirement from the Shelby County Charter for county government employees as well as Shelby County Schools teachers.

19. Commission Takes Up Family Planning Contract -

Shelby County commissioners Monday, March 24, take up an attempt to end the county’s contract for federally funded family planning and related health services with Christ Community Health Services.

20. Medtronic Volunteer Hours Grow in 2013 -

Medtronic Spinal had 1,294 volunteers donate 4,222 hours to Mid-South nonprofit organizations in 2013 – a 51 percent increase from 859 volunteers donating 2,907 hours in 2012.

Last December, Medtronic Philanthropy announced two three-year Health Access Grants totaling $500,000 to be awarded to the Church Health Center, Christ Community Health Services and Healthy Shelby. Medtronic Philanthropy also matches all employee charitable contributions up to $50,000 to qualified organizations.

21. Baptist CEO Set to Retire Next May -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. President and CEO Stephen Reynolds will retire next May, with Jason Little, Baptist’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, taking over as the hospital system’s next president and CEO.

22. Medtronic Awards Trio Of Memphis Grants -

Medtronic Inc. is awarding three Health Access Grants totaling half a million dollars to a trio of Memphis-area groups.

23. Medtronic Awards Trio of Memphis Grants -

Medtronic Inc. is awarding three Health Access Grants totaling half a million dollars to a trio of Memphis-area groups.

24. Pote Builds Bridges Through Seedco Community Work -

Seedco is a national nonprofit whose mission statement since 1987 has been “to advance economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need.”

This is done, says Lisa Pote, senior vice president for Seedco’s Mid-South regional office, by working with individuals and businesses, and within the communities themselves, “to be a contribution to the communities that we’re in.” Seedco has been working within Shelby County since 2004, and has 30 employees.

25. Christ Community Health Services Breaks Ground in Frayser -

Leaders of Christ Community Health Services broke ground Tuesday, Nov. 19, for a new health center in Frayser.

The center at Thomas Street and Frayser Boulevard will work in tandem with Christ Community’s existing clinic at 3124 N. Thomas, in the nearby Northgate shopping center.

26. Christ Community Opens Women’s Health Center -

The two health care providers that competed two years ago for Shelby County government’s family planning services contract now have facilities in the same block of Poplar Avenue east of East Parkway.

27. Agape Helps Families Out of Homelessness -

Agape Child & Family Services continues to grow its Families In Transition program, which provides housing to homeless women who have children or are pregnant.

This year, the program will simultaneously serve 63 families, with an impact to more than 150 families.

28. Race for the Cure Ready at New Home -

Participants in Saturday’s Komen Memphis-MidSouth Race for the Cure will see some significant changes this year.

One of them will be a change of scenery. After 20 years at The Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown, the race is moving to Carriage Crossing in Collierville.

29. Mobile Health Clinic Hits Streets to Help Homeless -

Baptist Memorial Health Care and Christ Community Health Services rolled out a new state-of-the-art mobile health clinic earlier this month, and the larger, modernized vehicle will give Baptist Operation Outreach the ability to treat more of the area’s homeless population in need of medical care.

30. Christ Community Health Services Names Hollabaugh Development Director -

Bonnie Hollabaugh has joined nonprofit Christ Community Health Services, the largest primary care provider in Memphis, as director of development. Hollabaugh’s nonprofit development experience includes extensive work with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, Girls Inc. of Memphis and Hutchison School.

31. Blank Joins WKNO-FM As News Director -

Christopher Blank has joined WKNO-FM, the Mid-South affiliate of National Public Radio, as news director. Blank, who has produced feature stories for the station since 2011, will oversee local news production for “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

32. Under the Microscope -

A little-known federal program widely used in Memphis to provide hospitals and health centers that treat the nation’s most vulnerable patients with hefty discounts on outpatient drugs is under scrutiny from Congress, regulators and the pharmaceutical industry.

33. Clinic Expands Christ Community’s Services -

Last year, Christ Community Health Services delivered 652 Memphis babies. Even with that patient volume, the faith-based medical organization had to turn away about 180 patients daily because the organization’s facilities are stretched beyond capacity.

34. Partnerships Key in Baptist Operation Outreach -

Last week we highlighted the On Location: MEMPHIS International Film & Music Festival and “Memphis Rocks” category, which is a free opportunity for Memphians to submit short videos that spotlight positive perspectives about our city for a chance to see them shown on the silver screen. This week let us turn our attention to an organization that is now “well beyond a century” with a true heartbeat of giving back to the community: Baptist Memorial Health Care.

35. ‘All is Not Lost’ -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has been nationally recognized for its work providing health care services for the homeless population of the Mid-South, helping people like Grace Hilton-Young transform their lives.

36. JIFF Fights Recidivism -

Last week we shared some helpful holiday safety tips, like locking car doors while pumping gas and hiding all belongings BEFORE getting to the store. Extending this theme of crime prevention, let us now highlight a local organization working with youth from in and around the juvenile justice system to equip them with the skills and support necessary to break the destructive cycle of criminal behavior: Juvenile Intervention & Faith-Based Follow-Up (JIFF).

37. Local Organizations Help Homeless Community -

Baptist Operation Outreach and Soles4Souls offered assistance to those less fortunate, providing health care services, food and clothing to the homeless, at annual events held during the Thanksgiving holiday.

38. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will present “Getting Started With QuickBooks: Learn From the Experts” Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at its office 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 100. Cost is $75. Visit cannonwrightblount.com or email quickbooks@cannonwrightblount.com.

39. Events -

The Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board will meet Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m. at the board’s office, 114 N. Main St. in the Crump Building. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

40. Events -

The Memphis Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. at Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Chris Hawk of The ServiceMaster Co. will speak about social media networking for jobseekers. Cost is $22. R.S.V.P. to Sharon Gardner at sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

41. Church and Money -

Many churches, like other nonprofits, have to grapple with challenges of operating facilities, paying salaries and providing funding for programs, schools and mission work. The economic challenges of recent years have impacted congregations raising questions new and old.

42. Commission to Appoint School Board Members -

Shelby County Commissioners will appoint two new members to the countywide school board at their Monday, Sept. 10, meeting.

The commission meeting is at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

43. Methodist to Honor Four Recipients With Living Awards -

The Methodist Healthcare Foundation is preparing to honor three individuals and one organization for their significant commitments to faith and healing in the Mid-South community and beyond.

Those local heroes will be celebrated during the 2012 Living Awards, which will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, in the Grand Ballroom of The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave.

44. Court’s Ruling Won’t Impact Orgs.’ Missions -

In 1987, Dr. Scott Morris, a physician and United Methodist minister, founded the Church Health Center, a health care ministry that serves the working poor and their families.

45. All Smiles -

Faculty, students and staff from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Dentistry on Friday, Feb. 3, provided free dental services to more than 100 sixth- and seventh-grade students from Memphis Academy of Health Sciences.

46. Christ Community Receives March of Dimes Grant -

The March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter awarded a $20,000 grant to Christ Community Health Services.

The grant will be used to expand services in Christ Community’s CenteringPregnancy program. CenteringPregnancy is a national program started by the Boston-based Centering Healthcare Institute Inc. to combat infant mortality.

47. A Century of Health Care -

Memphians packed the new Dr. H. Edward Garrett Auditorium at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis last month to listen to music icon Patti LaBelle discuss her struggle with diabetes and the grief she experienced after losing three sisters to cancer.

48. CCHS CEO Recognized With Leadership Award -

Burt Waller, CEO of Christ Community Health Services, recently was honored with the Logan Beasley Leadership Excellence Award for his work in expanding access to primary health care.

The award was presented by The Tennessee Primary Care Association, a nonprofit corporation connecting Tennesseans, especially the medically underserved, with health care services. The award is named in honor of Logan Beasley, whose work with the U.S. Public Health Service helped develop primary care services and strengthen community health centers.

49. New Memphians Get Taste of Thanksgiving -

New Memphian Sia Forleh, who spent three years in Malaysia after fleeing civil war in her native Liberia, enjoyed her first Thanksgiving celebration in Memphis Thursday, Nov. 17, with a group of 200 people that included other refugees from around the world, as well as new American friends and volunteers.

50. Peppers Joins Lifeblood To Grow Donor Base -

Jeanie Peppers has joined Lifeblood as senior donor relations account manager.

Hometown: Drummonds, Tenn.

51. Law Isn’t Holy -

WE DON’T SPEAK FOR HIM, GOD KNOWS. When I write about politics and religion – lately, the same thing – questioning the judgment of some of our elected officials and self-anointed saviors, I’m apparently not only risking their self-righteous wrath, but the very wrath of heaven. Or, as we say around here, I am going straight to hell. So here goes.

52. Taylor Appointed To Commission - CCHS Claims Family Planning Contract -

Former Memphis City Council member Brent Taylor is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

Taylor, a Republican, won the District 1 Postion 3 seat vacated by Republican commissioner Mike Carpenter this month.

53. Christ Community Health Opens Hickory Hill Pharmacy -

Christ Community Health Services, a Christian-based nonprofit focused on fulfilling the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of Memphis’ medically underserved population, recently opened the Hickory Hill Health Center Pharmacy at 5366 Winchester Road to keep up with demand at its other two pharmacies: at the Third Street Health Center and Broad Avenue Health Center.

54. Commission to Fill Carpenter’s Seat -

The Shelby County Commission should be back at full strength by the end of the Monday, Oct. 17, meeting of the body.

Monday’s agenda includes the appointment of a new District 1 commissioner to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mike Carpenter.

55. Events -

The Gavel Club of Memphis will meet for a Dutch treat lunch at Friday, Sept. 23, at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Julie Pierotti, assistant curator at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, will speak. For more information, call Bob Gray at 290-5721.

56. Agape Launches GED Pilot Program -

The Bluff City has been an active player in the Talent Dividend, an initiative to increase the number of college graduates in the Memphis Metropolitan area by 1 percent over the next five years, which could generate a $1 billion annual increase in personal income.

57. CCHS to Open Family Medicine Center -

Christ Community Health Services on Thursday, Aug. 11, will unveil the new University Family Medicine Center, a clinic in the heart of the Memphis Medical District that will serve medically underserved members of the community.

58. Powerlines Bring More Than Electricity -

Last week we offered an example of how corporations can leverage their marketing power to benefit nonprofits, like ePaymentAmerica’s “Swing for the Stars” promotion benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South. This week let us spotlight a holistic program that is connecting under-resourced neighborhoods with the resources and services needed to help create a more nurturing environment for children and families: the Powerlines Community Network.

59. A New Home -

On a humid late May afternoon that signaled the imminent arrival of a sweltering Memphis summer, Burundi native Sedekia Imanairakiza seemed to be in his element, skillfully nurturing the soil and sowing the seeds that will yield fruitful summer crops at Urban Farms, a community garden in the heart of the city.

60. It’s Not the Peanut Butter -

Last week, we highlighted Girl Scouts Heart of the South, which is building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. This week, we turn the spotlight on an organization that is working with youth from in and around the juvenile justice system and equipping them with the skills and support necessary to break the destructive cycle of criminal behavior: Juvenile Intervention & Faith-Based Follow-Up (JIFF).

61. Nonprofit Excellence Gears Up for Conference -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will offer the nonprofit community a full day’s worth of respected industry speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities during its sixth annual conference Wednesday.

62. Medical Breakthrough -

The fourth and final in a series about how the iPad is revolutionizing local business.

As the health care industry inches closer to the full implementation of electronic health records – making paper charts a relic of the past – providers continue to examine the most efficient, patient-friendly ways to bring that high-tech goal to fruition.

63. Grant Encourages Food Stamps at Markets -

Farmers markets throughout Shelby County have no trouble attracting middle- and upper-class patrons who are health-conscious, but this year the push is to bring poorer populations to the table.

A grant awarded to GrowMemphis will provide economic incentives for food stamp users to buy fresh, local produce.

64. CCHS Opens Binghampton Dental Clinic -

Christ Community Health Services on Tuesday opened its state-of-the-art, $1.4 million, 5,000-square-foot dental facility at 2953 Broad Ave. in the heart of Memphis’ Binghampton neighborhood.

65. Wolfchase Auto Dealer Site Sells for $4M -

A Wolfchase auto dealership facility is officially changing hands and names.

First Tennessee Trust Department has bought the 48,085-square-foot auto dealership formerly known as Cadillac SAAB of Memphis, 7727 U.S. 64, for $4 million.

66. Stephen Hegdale Named General Manager at BarDett -

Stephen Hegdale has been named general manger of BarDett, dba A.S. Barboro, a Memphis-based distributor of Miller and Coors beer with ties to Nashville’s Det Distributing Co.

67. Prevention Through Awareness -

World AIDS Day will be commemorated in Memphis Wednesday with a public ceremony to remember all Shelby County residents who’ve lost the battle to AIDS over the last 25 years.

First Baptist Church and Greater Lewis Street Missionary Baptist Church, adjacent houses of worship at the busy corner of Poplar Avenue and East Parkway, have dedicated their front lawns for a World AIDS Day Marker Project.

68. City, Civic Orgs Gear Up for Annual Homeless Meal -

A number of corporate, civic and nonprofit groups are collaborating to produce the 26th Annual Memphis Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless and Hungry, which takes place Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

69. CCHS, Donlon Help City’s Underserved -

When Rick Donlon and three other newly minted doctors came to Memphis in the mid-1990s, they were attracted by circumstances most might not find so attractive: the largest concentration of medically-underserved communities in the state.

70. Binghampton Farmers Market Prepares for Sept. 4 Opening -

The Binghampton Development Corp. needs volunteers to help prepare for the opening of the city’s first farmers market linked to a commercial-scale, community gardening enterprise.

71. Stimulus Funds New Christ Community Dental Clinics -

Federal stimulus money financed the construction of two dental clinics for Christ Community Health Services, but the 24 permanent positions created by the project will carry on after that funding has run its course.

72. Farmers Markets Planned for Under-Served Areas -

Two nonprofit organizations will be seeking government approval Thursday to open farmers markets in Binghampton and South Memphis as part of an effort to make city residents healthier.

St. Andrew AME Church and the Binghampton Development Corp. are on the agenda for the 10 a.m. meeting of the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

73. Shelby County Schools Files Permit For Millington Central Renovations -

8057 Wilkinsville Road
Millington, TN 38053
Permit Amount: $3.9 Million

Project Cost: $5 million
Permit Date: Applied June 2010
Completion: July 2011
Owner: Shelby County Schools
Tenant: Millington Central High School
Contractor: Barnes & Brower Inc.
Architect: Steve Landwehr, Fleming/Associates/Architects PC

74. $2.4 Million Loan On CCHS Property Recorded -

Christ Community Health Services’ $2.4 million loan through First Tennessee Bank NA was recorded Friday by the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

75. Komen Organization Distributes $850,000-Plus -

The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has raised and distributed grants totaling $851,358 to combat breast cancer.

Dr. Susan Hoover, who chairs the grants committee, said the awarded money is the second largest dollar amount to date.

76. WKNO to Air CCHS Documentary -

In other Christ Community Health Services news, WKNO-TV will present a new half-hour documentary on the history and impact of the Memphis-area health service organization.

“Christ Community: A Ministry of Care” will premiere Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10.

77. End of CCHS Grant Means Seven Layoffs -

Christ Community Health Services on June 1 will lay off seven employees, according to a notice from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development/Dislocated Worker Unit and confirmed by CCHS executive director Burt Waller.

78. Company Helps Baptist Give Eyeglasses to Homeless -

Davis Vision has begun providing free eyeglasses to homeless people who receive medical care through Baptist Operation Outreach.

About 250 people showed up to have their vision checked and receive health screenings Friday when the company from Plainview, N.Y., and Baptist kicked off the program.

79. Christ Community Granted $2.4 M in Revenue Bonds -

This week’s city-county Industrial Development Board meeting proved fruitful for Christ Community Health Services.

The IDB approved $2.4 million in revenue bonds to help the faith-based nonprofit organization double its Memphis footprint during the next five years.

80. Christ Community Health Services Granted $2.4M in Revenue Bonds -

Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the city-county Industrial Development Board proved fruitful for Christ Community Health Services.

The IDB approved $2.4 million in revenue bonds to help the faith-based nonprofit organization double its Memphis footprint during the next five years.

81. PILOT Approval Clears Way for $90M Investment at Lucite -

Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the city-county Industrial Development Board brought two companies – Lucite International and Christ Community Health Services – closer to expanding their Memphis operations.

The IDB unanimously approved a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) retention program for Lucite International to invest $90 million in its Memphis-area operation and keep 200 jobs intact.

82. MED Halts Spin-Off of Loop Clinics -

The board for The Regional Medical Center at Memphis decided Thursday to rescind the decision to spin off its Health Loop clinics to the Memphis Health Center.

The spin-off, which was recommended by FTI Cambio as a cost-cutting move, was originally proposed for completion months ago.

Dr. Reginald Coopwood, who became chief executive officer of The MED on March 1 when FTI Cambio’s management contract expired, had reservations about the hospital being without a primary care network.

At his job interview last November, he questioned whether the Memphis Health Center would continue referring patients to The MED.

Last month, he told Shelby County commissioners the hospital was reconsidering the decision to spin off the clinic.

It has yet to be determined, however, whether the hospital will keep the clinics for the long-term or strike a partnership with another health care entity.

“What our team will be doing is looking at whether the Loop Clinics are a good deal for The MED, or do we need to consider other options for Loop Clinics outside of The MED,” Coopwood said.

The clinics had an $8 million operating loss for the hospital during its 2009 fiscal year, an estimated $4.4 million loss for this year, a $2.6 million projected loss for 2011 and a $1.5 million projected loss for 2012.

A projection sheet the board considered Thursday would have the clinics operating in the black if Shelby County provides $2 million in subsidies this year and next year, which would be lowered to $1.5 million in 2012.

In the past, the county has subsidized the operation of the clinics with $3.8 million a year.

The MED early last year approached Christ Community Health Services and Memphis Health Center, which are federally qualified health clinics, about taking over their operations.

FTI Cambio had hoped to spin off the clinics by year’s end.

Only the Memphis Health Center agreed to consider the proposal.

On Dec. 17, The MED board passed a resolution approving the proposal to spin off five outpatient care clinics. The locations are the Hollywood, Bisson, Frayser, Third Street and Gurthrie clinics.

The decision Thursday to rescind that resolution was announced after an hourlong closed- door session, but the action will not become official until a follow-up vote occurs. That vote will be scheduled after seven days have passed, in accordance with state law.

Delays with the proposed spin-off were also a factor in the board’s decision.

“This was supposed to have happened in December,” Coopwood said. “We’re into late April going into May. In order for us to make the right decision, give the board good information, this is the first step that we had to do, is rescind that decision.”


83. IDB Approves Lucite Retention PILOT -

The city-county Industrial Development Board on Wednesday approved a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) retention program for Lucite International to invest $90 million in its Memphis-area operation and keep 200 jobs intact.

84. Nonprofit Orgs Create Garden for Binghampton -

Land that lay fallow and forgotten for decades has been cleared and tilled for a garden to nourish Binghampton residents with fresh vegetables and provide them with jobs.

More than 30 volunteers shoveled mulch, planted seeds and built a hoop house on a 1.5-acre plot alongside Cypress Creek on Friday.

85. Methodist Poised to Launch Hospice -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is ready to break ground on a project it has been planning for years – a $7.9 million, 30-bed hospice facility on Quince Road in East Memphis.

Sally Aldrich, administrator and chief nursing officer for Methodist’s affiliated services division, which oversees the hospital’s hospice, home care and palliative care departments, said Methodist now has “the pledges in the door” and will begin construction this month.

86. Back to Basics -

Urban gardening efforts in Binghampton have prompted city officials to consider revising proposed land use ordinances that could stymie the greening of Memphis.

Planning officials spotted holes in the proposed laws when the Binghampton Development Corp. and Christ Community Health Services approached the city about starting a commercial gardening operation, which would create jobs and provide fresh foods in Binghampton, an area with a high poverty rate and no grocery store.

87. Today’s Council Activity Expected To Be Brisk -

Memphis City Council member Shea Flinn wants to close Madison Avenue to cars between Front and Cooper streets on Sunday mornings from 5 a.m. to noon.

Flinn’s resolution will be discussed by the council in committee sessions today, with a vote by the body in two weeks.

88. County OKs Spinoff Of MED Clinics -

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis has the blessing of the Shelby County Commission to spin off its Health Loop clinics as part of a cost-cutting plan for the financially struggling hospital.
The move was approved by the commission on Monday. The spinoff is one several actions recommended by FTI Cambio, the consulting firm providing interim
management of the MED and devising strategies to cut costs.
The firm has lived up to its contract in the eyes of the finance committee for the county-owned hospital. The committee recommended in another meeting Monday that the hospital pay FTI Cambio its full $10.4 million fee. A portion of that amount, $3.2 million, was tied to specified performance standards.

89. MED Task Force Members Appointed -

Shelby County Interim Mayor Joyce Avery and County Commissioner Joe Ford, who will become county mayor Dec. 10, have appointed a task force to brainstorm short- and long-term solutions to the revenue crisis at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

90. U of M’s Raines Appointed To Southern Regional Education Board -

Dr. Shirley C. Raines has been appointed to the Southern Regional Education Board by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen. Raines, president of the University of Memphis, will serve a four-year term.

91. Events -

The Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a seminar series for business owners and executives today from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room of Baptist Rehabilitation Germantown, 2100 Exeter Road. Cost is $10. Breakfast will be provided. For reservations, call 755-1200.

92. Events -

The Memphis Public Library and Information Center Board of Trustees will meet today at 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. For more information, call 415-2846.

93. Events -

The Center for Southern Folklore will host a free performance by singer and guitarist James Bonner today from noon to 1 p.m. at the center, 123 S. Main St. For more information, call 525-3655.

94. Out of Bounds -

The August report from the NCAA calls him “student-athlete 1.” Everyone but the NCAA and the University of Memphis calls him Derrick Rose.

95. Alliance for Nonprofit Org. Exceeds $200M in Grants -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence this month surpassed the $200 million mark for helping nonprofit organizations receive grants.

The organization, which has existed since 1992, helps more than 200 nonprofit members in the Mid-South achieve their goals. The center operates with a full-time staff of four and one part-timer. For every dollar of local support the Alliance receives, it generates an average of $30 for the community through national funding for local agencies.

96. MED Eyes Mississippi for Funds, Arkansas Comes Through -

Arkansas has notified The Regional Medical Center at Memphis it will send $2.3 million to offset the cost of taking care of uninsured patients from that state, and now hospital officials are hopeful Mississippi will provide funding.

97. Service First: Nonprofit orgs struggle to balance client needs with funding shortages -

Rahema Barber gazed into the void of the Power House. It looked as though all the art had been wiped away: blank walls, empty rooms and silent space.

What had been a center of creative energy was about to become a shuttered building once again – just six years after the nonprofit Delta Axis had transformed the old coal plant into a venue for contemporary art and film.

98. Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Brings on Johnson as CFO -

Brian Johnson has joined Comprehensive Pharmacy Services as chief financial officer.

Johnson previously worked as a public accountant at Ernst & Young. Prior to his time at Ernst & Young, he worked at U.S. Office Products and Accredo Health.

99. Koratsky Helps Start, Operate Labor and Employment Blog at Wyatt Tarrant -

Kim Koratsky, a member of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP’s Labor and Employment Service Team, is serving as one of two editors of the firm’s new blog, Wyatt Employment Law Report, available at wyattemployment.wordpress.com.

100. Christ Community To Add Dental Clinics -

Christ Community Health Services announced Tuesday morning that it will add dental clinics at two of its health centers with $1.5 million in federal stimulus money.

Work at the Broad Avenue location could begin as early as October, while renovations at the Hickory Hill location may start in January.